self-ef·​face·​ment | \ ˌself-i-ˈfās-mənt How to pronounce self-effacement (audio) , -e- \
plural self-effacements

Definition of self-effacement

: the placing or keeping of oneself in an inconspicuous role or position especially due to modesty or shyness In his one-man show, satirist Robert Dubac takes aim at a culture that values the Kardashians more than character and ranks selfies over self-effacement.— Judith Newmark The polite self-effacement of his Midwestern upbringing came through …— Jon Pareles

First Known Use of self-effacement

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-effacement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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